Vestiges of Chaos
Government: Hierarchical Absolute Monarchy
The Crown: Oberon, House of Amber
The High Offices (aka the High Council, the Privy Council):
The holders of the High Offices are appointed by the King to assist him in the course of his duties. In the King’s absence, the Privy Council also writes laws for the realm, so long as a majority of the Regents of the Realm support the new law. (This does mean that the two of the Regents can stand in opposition to the entire Council and prevent the enactment of a law in the king’s absence.) There are 7 high offices.
Lord of the Privy Council (a.k.a. Lord Counselor): ???. Traditionally the Lord of the Privy Council heads the Council that advises the King. In the King’s absence, the Lord Counselor has the ability to appoint diplomats and conduct foreign policy as he sees fit, although he does report to the Privy Council and can be blocked in Council from enacting his policies. The Lord Counselor is one of the three Regents of the Realm.
Lord Warden of the Marches: ???. The Lord Warden is in charge of the army. This is often considered a ceremonial position, as no one has had the temerity to attack Amber in centuries; however, the Lord Warden is one of the three Regents of the Realm so this office still gives power and prestige.
Lord Steward of the Household: ???. The Lord Steward is responsible for the precincts of the Palace. This includes all the guards as well as handling the personal interests of the Crown. He is also given diplomatic duties, usually appointing ambassadors (with the King’s approval), writing treaties, etc. He is one of the three Regents of the Realm.
Lord Chancellor (a.k.a. Lord Justice of Chancery): ??? The Lord Chancellor is the Chief Judge of the King’s Court. He supervises the appeal trials of Baronial courts (also called the Court of Chancery). He is also responsible for acting on the King’s behalf during any lawsuits brought up between nobles. The Lord Chancellor does not have the right or ability to pronounce any sentence upon any Royal or royal consort. The Lord Chancellor can be superseded when the King is present, even exempted from his seat, should the king wish to sit in his place. Oberon even did this once.
Lord High Treasurer: ??? The Lord Treasurer is responsible for supervising the Barons of the Exchequer and the Lieutenant of the Rolls (spending and collecting). He is also in charge of inter-shadow fiscal policy, with the King’s approval. Since the royal family of Amber can always generate funds easily, the most important aspect of this position is keeping the economy of Amber (and to a lesser extend the Golden Circle) stable. The Lord Treasurer has the ability to regulate several of the regular taxes. Irregular taxes can only be imposed by the Privy Council as a whole or the King.
Lord Marshal: ???. Many people consider this office to be largely ceremonial after so many years. For a long time, the Lord Marshal was responsible for the College of Arms, the institute in Amber where the education of young nobles took place. This responsibility is not considered as serious as it once had been with many nobles able to send their children to be educated in several close shadows (and some able to make use of Royal favors to have their children educated farther abroad.) Additionally, with a law passed several years ago, the College of Arms is now responsible for educating anyone who can pay the tuition, and the College is seen as not needed by most of the nobility. Additionally, the College of Arms was also responsible for assigning patents of arms to those newly ennobled by the King. It has been a very long time since this function has been considered necessary, as few people are ennobled nowadays. There is a rumor that the Lord Marshal’s office runs a secret police force on behalf of the King.
Lord Admiral: ???. The Lord Admiral is responsible for running the many ships of Amber that ply the shadow seas. While technically not having control over mercantile ships, the Lord Admiral is usually able to use his considerable power to force those ships to toe the line he sets (at sea, at least.) There have been several occasions where there has been no Lord Admiral; on those occasions,